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July 18, 2017

Future of Education

As you probably already know, the ACT Government is consulting widely on ‘What do we want from our schools and how do we achieve that?’ Their conversation  will inform a strategy for the future of education in the ACT. All parents are encouraged to be involved and have their say. You can keep in touch with the process online or by following the Education Directorate on Twitter or Facebook or by watching the hashtag #EducationforthenextGeneration. P&Cs may like to facilitate sessions where parents can discuss what it is they see for the future of education and what is important to them. Materials to help direct and spark conversation are available.

Council will be compiling a significant submission and we welcome input from your P&C, or any interested parents. Email our Policy Officer, Veronica Elliott, with your ideas and suggestions.

Careers and transitions

Come along to our General Meeting next week for a presentation by Rebecca Bray from the Education Directorate. She will talk about Careers, Transitions and Pathways for our young people. The presentation will include the online career & transitions website, developed to support young people in the ACT from year 5 to year 12. There is also room on the meeting agenda to hear issues from your P&C. The meeting is on Tuesday July 25, at 7pm, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling.

Do you treasure your treasurer?

The 2017 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards are now open!  Let your treasurer know you appreciate all that they do for your association by nominating them to receive an official Treasurers' Award Certificate of Appreciation. Alternatively, treasurers can share their ideas and wisdom for a chance to win $5000!  This year treasurers are asked to contribute and share practical knowledge by submitting one of the following resources:
  • A financial template
  • A financial policy
  • A summary and outline of a financial webinar
Apply online before July 28.

Affiliation fees due now

Many thanks to the P&C association who have already paid their Council membership (affiliation) fees for the next 12 months. Council uses these funds to help and to represent you - our member P&Cs. (Read more about the benefits of membership here.)

There are still a number of P&Cs who have not yet paid. Invoices for Council affiliation fees were emailed and posted to P&C treasurers in early May and are now overdue. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Resources for P&Cs

We're constantly looking to improve our resources to help our member P&Cs. Our online resources for P&Cs have recently been updated and expanded. There are piles of resources and links to help P&Cs - from attracting volunteers to applying for grants, plus some new spreadsheet templates and sample handover notes for treasurers. We have also expanded our FAQ, added information on overcoming difficulties and conflict, and updated our Information Sheets to reflect changes in reporting requirements for P&Cs.

Cafe style canteens for colleges and high schools

Would your school benefit from a cafe-style transformation for your canteen, like this one? A unique opportunity exists for a limited number of schools to be supported through the process in 2018. The project could be totally out-sourced (the project is hoping to provide funds to assist, but P&Cs/schools will need to provide some of the funds) or developed, designed and constructed in-school as part of a curriculum subject at the school – or a combination which suits the school (eg with assistance from wood-tech students or parent working-bees). 

It is still in the planning stages, but ACT Health is now taking expressions of interest.

Food safety supervisor course

The ACT Nutrition Support Service are running an accredited Food Safety Supervisor workshop on August 22. This course meets the requirements of Nationally Recognised Training and prepares Food Safety Supervisors to supervise and oversee day to day operations and to prevent and recognise food safety hazards. If you need to complete this course or need a refresher, contact NSS to book your spot or go to the website to learn more.

ACT doctor services survey

The Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) want to hear about your experiences using general practice and after-hours doctors services in the ACT. These services include GPs, walk-in centres, CALMS (Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service), the National Home Doctor Service (13 SICK) and hospital emergency departments. HCCA is trying to understand which health care services people choose and why, and how satisfied they are with the care they receive. The aim is to identify areas for improvement.
Everyone’s views on health care are important, so please complete the survey. It takes approximately 10min to complete and answers are anonymous.

Up-coming Council events

  • General meeting, Tuesday July 25, 6:45 for 7pm start. Rebecca Bray from the Education Directorate will talk about Careers, Transitions and Pathways for our young people (see above).  Ends 9:30pm. 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. All welcome
  • Executive meeting, Tuesday August 8 at 7pm.
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